Thailand national team midfielder Chanathip Songkrasin has expressed his delight after playing a World Cup qualification match against the UAE in front of his footballing idol – Argentine legendary footballer Diego Maradona.
El Diego was in the VIP seats of the Mohammed bin Zayed Stadium, where Thailand suffered a 3-1 defeat at the hand of the UAE.
Although the War Elephants failed to collect a single point, Chanathip had impressed with a skillful performance that helped his team to a late rally.
“I was really proud that I had a once in a lifetime opportunity to play in front of my idol [Maradona], although he may not intend to see me play. But I was proud to have an opportunity to play in front of one of the world greatest footballers”, Chanathip said.